The Last Centurion

The Last Centurion

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by John Ringo

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In the second decade of the twenty-first century the world is struck by two catastrophes, a new mini-ice age and, nearly simultaneously, a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as “Bandit Six” an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of


In the second decade of the twenty-first century the world is struck by two catastrophes, a new mini-ice age and, nearly simultaneously, a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as “Bandit Six” an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland—despite the best efforts of politicians both elected and military. The Last Centurion is a memoir of one possible future, a world that is a darkling mirror of our own. Written “blog-style,” it pulls no punches in its descriptions of junk science, bad strategy and organic farming not to mention all three at once.

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In the near future of New York Times best-selling author Ringo's latest novel, written in the style of a blog and from the perspective of a U.S. Army officer, a society must simultaneously deal with a pandemic, an inept government, and a mini-ice age. The descriptions of ambushes and battles, clearly and skillfully narrated by actor/musician Dan John Miller, are especially exciting and realistic. Librarians should be aware, though, that the language can be crude and vulgar and the right-leaning political and moral commentary won't sit well with every listener. [The Baen hc was recommended for purchase "according to local demand," LJ7/08.-Ed.]
—Denise A. Garofalo

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A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction. His novels for Baen include those in the New York Times best-selling Posleen War series (A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell’s Faire), the Council War series (There Will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, Against the Tide, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon), the nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon (Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain, Unto the Breach, and A Deeper Blue), the Looking-Glass series (Into the Looking Glass, Vorpal Blade, and Manxome Foe, the last two in collaboration with Travis S. Taylor), four collaborations with fellow New York Times bestselling author David Weber (March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few) and five collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: The Hero, written with Michael Z. Williamson, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes, both written with Tom Kratman, and the New York Times best seller Cally’s War and its recent sequels Sister Time and Honor of the Clan, both with Julie Cochrane.

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Last Centurion 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Goaltender More than 1 year ago
Written in blog-style, this near-future apocalyptic work chronicles the march of a modern Ten Thousand--a small unit abandoned by higher authority that fights its way from Iran to Istanbul, and safety. But this is more than a mlitary thriller--Ringo constructs a chillingly plausible scenario in which avian influenza becomes a worldwide epidemic which kills millions and disrupts civilization. It's also a quasi-political work, in which the sitting president (Oh, you'll recognize her) nationalizes most business and agriculture. It's 'creeping socialism' suddenly become a landslide, with the sort of results that a thinking person would expect when radical environmental lawyers are suddenly placed in charge of agribusiness. 'The Last Centurion' is profane, and funny, and polemical, and devastatingly good. I've re-read my copy three times already, and bought several other copies as gifts for people I care about. Because it's a novel, this work can speak to us in ways that would be rejected in a work of nonfiction. John Ringo transcends the limitations of post-apocalyptic sf to bring us a work which can and should be read by people who care about American society, and our decay as a nation. Basically, we need a real-life Bandit Six, and hopefully 'The Last Centurion' will inspire and validate one to come forward and march us all out of danger. I cannot praise this book as highly as it deserves.
brtvog More than 1 year ago
The Last Centurion, is a book written by Science-Fiction author John Ringo. The book centers around the strange character know as, "Bandit six" while a enormous plague sweeps the world, and then a mini-ice age. He story is written in first person blog style and is very descriptive when talking about both battles, and the science of farming. With very mature language and subjects I think that this book must be read at some time by someone, but it is hard to say when it is appropriate for someone to read it. Also the younger you are, the less interested you may be In the politics of the book and characters. All in all I believe that this book is amazing, and is a must read for everyone, with fun dialogue and interesting action. All in all I would give this wonderful book a five out of five.
phasegen More than 1 year ago
The first book I've read by John Ringo. Great read. Well researched in every aspect. It is as close to fact that not so futuristic historical fiction can be. It could happen. It is scary. Wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it mirrored the thoughts of most of us ,for who ,history did not begin less than 40 years ago .If any book is banned this will be the one he left will ban because it showcases the spun world we live in now .
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Ringo's politics are never in doubt as his characters think and fight their way through insurmountable odds. His stories are inescapable page-burners, what I like to call 'Sci-Fi shoot-em-ups'. Yet despite the science and violence he manages to insert decent character development and always, always many things to think about. Personally, I can't wait!
MWanderer More than 1 year ago
This book is one big conservative soap box. Either you're going to read it and agree with everything John Ringo says or you're going to disagree with the whole thing. The book is really a big editorial but, the story is used as the media to deliver the editorial. The thing is I agree with John Ringo. Furthermore a little research on the web, a little study of the photos produced by NASA and suddenly you're thinking John Ringo's got it right. Then you wonder if maybe you're just a little to far right of center. This book touches on all of today's headlines. If you agree with the book then you'll wish you could send a copy to every member of congress and every bleeding heart on the coasts (flyover states don't need it.) Read - the book - you'll understand why. Just if you're looking for something like the Human - Posleen War or the Council War series this isn't it. I will say this - for once John Ringo has a soldier that's not quite a superhero as a character. The Last Centurion is a hero but, it's because he uses his head and gets a few breaks. Not because he's capable of doing anything that comes along like flying, surviving a Nuke, or shooting the wings off a gnat at 2 klicks.
BruceTX More than 1 year ago
Took a little to get into it, but it got better very fast. Has many elements of potential truth and verity. In some ways and elements was almost prophetic!
Bukaday More than 1 year ago
John Ringo has set up a realistic disaster scenario in the near future that threatens to begin a new Dark Age -- a universal pandemic. The story is told from the view of an army officer who lived through it. The officer is unstinting in his condemnation of the people resposible for agravating the problem (generally liberals and the media). The way these villians finally get their comeuppance is beautiful to behold. Liberals will be insulted by this book (as well they should be).
PJK3 More than 1 year ago
I really do enjoy John Ringo's work, but this book was a disappointment. Because of the style in which it was written it never did seem to get to the story, but digressed into way too many side bars of information. I suggest reading other works by John Ringo, but passing on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this scenario a little chilling with the current world situation. I would hate to see our US forces actually told to 'cut and run' as a political expedient, but it was interesting that the unit had more that enough supplies to survive from the immense surplus we (US) leave behind everywhere we go. Glad the author chose Iraq for the setting; where could they run from Afghanistan? Found the 'homecoming' and the US domestic situation kind of stilted. It should have a separate book all its own as a follow-up, could have developed the plot more fully. But overall, good story that moved along well. John Ringo delivers again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable book overall. The author has some interesting ideas that can ignite some very strong conversations. He is very to the point and direct. I wish he had more story and less philosophizing in this book, though; I get tired of having a point driven home repeatedly. Actually made wish I could get to meet his wife....
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Hell Times confirmed what most thought about a Democrat in the White House, especially the ¿Bitch¿, as this time when they got it wrong the cost was the planet. These idiots focused on preventing global warming only it was the Freeze that led to the pandemic environmental disaster and the bird flu global Plague in which the Bitch¿s socialized medicine failed everyone. By 2021 worldwide famine has become the acceptable norm. --- These leaders failed the military they deployed to the Middle East by abandoning the soldiers in Iraq after widening the mission to Turkey, Iran, and Kuwait. Survival means stealing from the locals who are also struggling for sustenance and looting artifacts to sell on the black market. On our side of the Holy War, few are willing to die for the cause our adversaries have most of those who sacrifice their lives. Only in America will a TV show surface to showcase THE LAST CENTURION unit as propaganda to patriotically bury the embarrassing defeats behind disinformation fog. While the Fat DC Cats talk of hundred year wars, weary soldiers write blogs so the truth may one day be known before the victors rewrite the history books. --- Though well written the difficulty for the audience will be to accept the premises that the Liberal Democrats are at fault for the third decade of the desert war, avian flu and global freezing as if the Bush years did not exist. However, if the audience accepts the shocking prejudicial strong beliefs of THE LAST CENTURION who tells the story in his blog from his perspective as gospel ¿historical facts¿, the tale provides a compelling austere near future thriller. Those early sections provide the deep understanding of the military officer¿s mind through his blog writing. Though the ending is even more implausible, fans of Mr. Ringo and the Neocons busy rewriting the history books (at least their roles) will appreciate this cautionary tale in which the author implores bloggers to expose the lies of the power structure. --- Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Way too much of the book was taken up with the author's (main character's) political rant... the rant and 'Crazy Woman President' destroying life as we know it is very close to a character in one of Tom Kratman's books...which i preferred...cause while they both have ranting to do, Tom seems to fit in the story instead of pages and pages of it in a row...